ADCOLOR to honor Daniel Dae Kim at 2021 awards

(Daniel Dae Kim)

ADCOLOR today announced the nominees and honorees for its 15th Annual ADCOLOR Awards. Since 2007, the Awards have highlighted and honored the achievements of diverse communities in the creative industries.

The awards recognize those who go above and beyond to make a difference and who embody the organization’s mission of “Rise Up, Reach Back.”

According to a spokesperson, ADCOLOR received a record number of submissions this year for its 10 categories accepting nominations, which included two new categories: the ADCOLOR in Music Award and the ADCOLOR|TikTok Creator Award. All nominations were carefully reviewed by more than 60 elected judges who represented a diverse range of industries, titles, levels and backgrounds.

For awards including Breakout Creative of the Year, Icon, Advocate, ADCOLOR|Adweek Beacon, Catalyst, Legend, Lifetime Achievement and Mr./Ms./Mx. ADCOLOR, honorees were chosen by the Board of Directors and respective partners.

Of note this year, ADCOLOR, in partnership with Adweek, will be honoring actor and producer Daniel Dae Kim (Lost, Hawaii Five-0) with the 2021 Beacon Award. The award honors individuals of note who use their considerable platform to change the status quo in the quest for diversity, equity and inclusion.

“Adweek is thrilled to honor Daniel Dae Kim for his extraordinary commitment to advocacy on behalf of the AAPI community, particularly in the past year as prejudice towards Asian Americans increased at an alarming rate,” said Lisa Granatstein, Chief Content Officer of Adweek. “We celebrate Daniel for all his community efforts, especially for standing up when it mattered most by testifying at a Congressional hearing on anti-Asian violence.”

The 2021 honorees and winners will be celebrated at the 15th Annual Award Show on October 8th at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City. The show will close out the organization’s annual event, ADCOLOR Everywhere 2021, which will be held in New York City from October 5-8, 2021.

“After all we endured this past year and seeing how our community responded with meaningful work and action, we knew we would have an incredible list of talent to choose from for this year’s awards,” said ADCOLOR Founder and President, Tiffany R. Warren. “Our judges worked diligently to refine the record number of submissions into a highly-competitive list of nominees and honorees. We were so excited to unveil that list at ADCOLOR Live! and look forward to celebrating all the honorees and winners at our annual award show in October.”

For awards including Breakout Creative of the Year, Icon, Advocate, ADCOLOR|Adweek Beacon, Catalyst, Legend, Lifetime Achievement and Mr./Ms./Mx. ADCOLOR, honorees were chosen by the Board of Directors and respective partners.

The full list of nominees and honorees can be found below:

Ad of the Year

  • Campaign: “A Word”
    Client: Asiancy
    Agency: Wieden+Kennedy
  • Campaign: “Bedtime Stories”
    Client: Coda
    Agency: Google Brand Studio
  • Campaign: “Give Life Back”
    Client: Reform Alliance
    Agency: Droga5
  • Campaign: “The Show Must Go On”
    Client: Amazon
    Agency: Lucky Generals
  • Campaign: “You Love Me”
    Client: Beats
    Agency: Translation

ADCOLOR in Music (Leadership)

  • Heather Lowery, President & CEO, Femme it Forward
  • Jeff S. Harleston, General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs, Universal Music Group
  • Phylicia Fant, Head of Urban Music, Columbia Records


  • Brandon Roots, Strategic Media Planner, Facebook
  • Jewel Burks Solomon, Head of Google for Startups, Google
  • Stephanie Geno, Chief Marketing Officer, Innovid

ADCOLOR | TikTok Creator

  • Carlynn Greene, Journalist Intern, ABC News Live; Content Creator, Scholarship Guru
  • Joel Bervell, Doctor, Medical Student
  • Jonta Harris, Influencer, Content Creator, OHT Studios

Change Agent

  • Aubrie Lee, Brand Manager, Naming, Google
  • Christine Maggiore-Escribano, SVP, Head of One Platform Marketing, NBCUniversal
  • Kevin Brady, Executive Creative Director, Droga5


  • Florian Koenigsberger, Image Equity Lead, Google
  • Kristen Marston, Culture & Entertainment Advocacy Director, Color of Change
  • Oyinda Elias, Multicultural Lead, TBWA\Chiat\Day\LA

Most Valuable Partnership

  • Edelman & Boris L. Henson Foundation
  • The One Club for Creativity
  • WhatsApp &

Rising Star

  • Brandon Heard, Senior Strategist, R/GA
  • Briana Patrick, Senior Brand Strategist, Goodby Silverstein & Partners
  • Jazmin Burrell, Creative Strategist, Snap Inc.


  • Dani Jackson, VP, Influencer & Multicultural Marketing, Edelman
  • Sabrina Lynch, Senior Vice President, Taylor Strategy
  • Zain Masri, Head of Brand & Reputation, MENA, Google


AAFCA | ADCOLOR Breakout Creative of the Year

  • Michaela Coel, Actress, Screenwriter, Director, Producer and Singer


  • Viola Davis, Actress, Producer

 ADCOLOR | Adweek Beacon

  • Daniel Dae Kim, Actor, Producer

ADCOLOR in Music (Artist)

  • H.E.R., Grammy Award-Winning Artist

ADCOLOR | One Club Creatives 

  • Courtney Richardson, Creative Director, Droga5
  • Juan Carlos Pagan, Founding Partner & Executive Creative Director, Sunday Afternoon


  • Robyn Streisand-Luppino, Founder and CEO, The Mixx


  • Marc Pritchard, Chief Brand Officer, Procter & Gamble


  • Carla Hassan, Chief Marketing Officer, JP Morgan Chase
  • Daisy Auger-Dominguez, Chief People Officer, Vice Media Group
  • Michelle Lee, Global VP of Editorial and Publishing, Netflix
  • Nancy Reyes, Chief Executive Officer, TBWA\Chiat\Day\NY

Lifetime Achievement

  • Antonio Lucio, Principal and Founder, 5S Diversity; Executive Fellow, Yale School of Management
  • Constance Cannon Frazier, Principal, Cardinal Change Consulting
  • Sylvia Rhone, Chairman and CEO, Epic Records


  • Julian Soto, Copywriter, Kettle


  • Nicole Dei, Partner Programs- Global Media Accounts, Facebook

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